Francine Pelletier has worked as a journalist for over 30 years, both in print and for electronic media, in French as well as in English.
Her career spans co-founding and acting as editor-in-chief of the womenâ€™s monthly magazine La Vie en rose (1980-86) to social and political commentary in a weekly column in Montrealâ€™s largest French daily, La Presse (1987-93), as well as on Peter Gzowskyâ€™s Morningside (1988-92) on CBC radio, CTVâ€™s Sunday Edition (1990-93) and PBSâ€™ The Editors (1990-91).
She spent two years as Quebec city correspondent for Radio-Canada's Le Point (1993-95) and five years (1995-2000) as co-host of CBCâ€™s flagship current affairs program, the fifth estate.
In 2001, Pelletier begun a new career as an independent documentary filmmaker and screenwriter.
Francine Pelletier Mission statement:
My motivations for joining the board are simple: since becoming a documentarian 9 years, I have gone from vaguely irritated to genuinely angry about what's happening to documentary filmmaking in this country. I feel the need to do something about it. I also welcome the idea of breaking the isolation one feels as a documentary filmmaker.
While my activist abilities are perhaps a little rusty, I enjoy analyzing situations and devising strategies and can hold my own, I think, in terms of communications.
Fundraising, on the other hand, is not something I relish (does anyone?) but can put my shoulder to the wheel au besoin.
Finally, I have a good understanding of what's happening in Quebec as well as having considerable ties to Toronto and being attuned to the situation in the rest of the country.
I am a board member of Les Films du 3 mars, the most important independent distribution organization in Quebec, as well as a member of RĂ©alisatrices Equitables, a Quebec association of women film directors fighting to keep women in the film business on par with their male counterparts (an uphill battle) and, of course, Doc QuĂ©bec where, I'm happy to say, the beginnings of a visibility campaign is underway.
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